While known more recently primarily as the father of Roman Reigns, Wild Samoan Sika, who died on June 25, 2024, was a legend in and of his own. After news of his passing broke, tributes flowed in.

Afa Anoai Jr. on Facebook: “I love you Uncle.”

Leilani Kai on Facebook: Sika and Afa gave me my 21st birthday party. Afa called me a few days ago and told me to call Sika. Today, I am deeply saddened to share the heartbreaking news of the passing of my lifelong friend, Sika Anoa’i. Sika was not just a fellow wrestler; he was family to me, a brother in every sense of the word. His departure leaves a void that can never be filled.

Sika and I shared countless memories throughout our careers in the wrestling world. From the early days when we were both finding our footing, to the heights of our successes, Sika was always a pillar of strength and support. His larger-than-life presence in the ring was matched only by his immense heart and unwavering loyalty outside of it.

The bond we shared was special, forged through years of camaraderie, mutual respect, and countless shared experiences. Sika was a warrior, both in spirit and in his dedication to the sport he loved so much. His passion for wrestling was evident in every match, every promo, and every interaction he had with fans and fellow wrestlers alike.

But beyond his impressive career and undeniable talent, Sika was a kind, compassionate, and loving individual. He was a devoted family man, a proud father, and a mentor to many. His wisdom and guidance helped shape not only the careers of many wrestlers but also their lives. His influence stretched far and wide, touching the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

My heart goes out to Sika’s family during this incredibly difficult time. To his children, especially Roman Reigns and the entire Anoa’i family, please accept my deepest condolences. Your father’s legacy will continue to inspire and impact the wrestling world for generations to come. I know how much he loved you all, and how proud he was of each and every one of you.

As we remember Sika today, I want to celebrate the man behind the persona. He was a friend who stood by me through thick and thin, offering support and encouragement when I needed it most. His laughter, his stories, and his unwavering friendship will forever be cherished in my heart.

Rest in peace, Sika. Thank you for being a part of my life, for the memories we’ve shared, and for the love and kindness you’ve always shown. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew you. Until we meet again, my dear friend.
With all my love and heartfelt condolences to the Anoa’i family,

Leilani Kai

Taz on X, @OfficialTAZ: “When I was high school, WWF did a show in our gymnasium. We (the football team) was security for the guys to go to thier cars after the show. I had the honor of walking Afa & Sika to their vehicles and they both were so nice to me had me laughing a lot, great memory! My deepest condolences to @WWERomanReigns on the passing of his father along with the entire Anoa’i family on losing this HOF’er & pure legend. RIP Sika.”

Bully Ray on X, @bullyray5150: “The 1st Tag Team I ever saw and the reason I wanted to be a Tag Team Wrestler was The Wild Samoans. My sincere condolences to the entire extended Anoa’i family. GOD BLESS and RIP Sika”

Sinn BodhiTM – Kizarny on X, @SiNNbODHi: “RIP SIKA 🤟❤️🤟 My sincerest condolences go out to the Anoai family… I have so many fun memories with you and many different members of your family… So many smart talented wonderful people… We will see you down the road uce.”

Ricky Santana on Facebook: “I’m sad to hear of the passing of Sika The Wild Samoan. My heartfelt condolences to the Anoai Family R.I.P. my brother Sika 🙏🙏✝️✝️”

Gerald Brisco on X, @Fgbrisco: “First time in Puerto Rico, my brother, and I first saw the wild Samoans as we were standing in the ring we looked out and saw these two monsters approaching the ring and fear ran down my spine ask brother Jack what we’re gonna do. He said anything they wanna do.”

Michael PS Hayes on X, @MichaelPSHayes1: “Words can not express my feelings on the passing of Sika. If not for Sika, and Afa, there would be no Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Fabulous Freebirds, period. Sika was as always like an older brother to me. Prayers to Afa, Joe and the entire family. Now Sika rests with God.🙏🙏”

Cauliflower Alley Club on X, @CACReunion: “The world of pro wrestling has lost a true icon, WWE Legend Sika Anoaʻi of The Wild Samoans, Father of Roman Reigns. At 79, he leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and empower future generations. Our sincerest condolences to his loved ones and fans the world over.”

All Elite Wrestling on X, @AEW: “AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary Wild Samoan Sika. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans.”

TNA Wrestling on X, @ThisIsTNA: “TNA is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary Samoan wrestler Sika Anoaʻi. We offer our sincerest condolences to his friends and family.”

TOP PHOTO: Wild Samoan Sika in his prime and more recently.